Leather on the shaft is very soft which was a surprise because it looked like a somewhat solid leather combat boot. I'm glad it won't chafe my leg. The heel does make some clicking noise. I'm used to manmade heels that are quiet. Overall I am happy with this purchase. I've only owned one pair of combat boots from another brand and never could find the right replacement. No frills, no studs, or crazy embellishments and zippers. Just a simple classic combat boot.